Friday, March 28, 2014

Wheaton Alumni Gathering in DC

DAR National Headquarters
1776 D St, NW


Join the conversation and expand your Wheaton network.

Privacy in an Age of Terror
What is the balance between individual privacy and public safety in this post-911 world? How far is "too far" in the name of counterterrorism? Was Edward Snowden a whistleblower or traitor? You're invited to an evening of intentional networking and lively discussion with David Iglesias '80 and Leslie Schoonmaker Dunlap '91 on privacy, safety, and the NSA.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
5 PM
5 PMHors d'oeuvres
6 PM   Program

DAR National Headquarters
Please use the 17th Street entrance between C and D Street.
(Map below)

$20 per person
Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are accepted. 
David Iglesias '80
David Iglesias '80
David handled national security matters as a United States Attorney and Navy JAG war crimes prosecutor. He has frequently lectured on the legal response to terrorism.
Leslie Schoonmaker Dunlap '91
Leslie Schoonmaker Dunlap '91
Leslie has extensive experience in internet technology and government relations. She most recently served as VP of Privacy, Policy, and Trust at Yahoo! Inc.

DAR National Headquarters

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Dear Donna,

We're looking forward to seeing you at our regional event in DC this Thursday, March 27th! Here are some important details for the day.
  • The reception and program will take place in the Library and the O’Byrne Gallery at the DAR National Headquarters. Please use the 17th Street entrance between C and D Street.
  • Limited street parking is available. There are nearby parking garages on New York and Pennsylvania Avenues and 17th and 18th Streets.
  • Take a look at the Who's Coming list to see who you want to connect with at the event.
  • We are accepting walk–ups, so feel free to bring a colleague or friend with you.

Event Schedule

5:00 PM   
Doors open – Hors d'oeuvres reception

6:00 PM   
Program begins

If you have last minute questions or if you are unable to attend, please contact Laura Wilcox Tanaka '09 at

See you Thursday!

Alumni & Parent Relations
Wheaton College

Decorating a New Home with Old Easter Decorations

Front door wreath - new from "Going Out of Business" sale at a local
antique store

There was no where to put my Egg Tree so I  hung it on the brick chimney.

 You can see how the Easter Tree protrudes
 from the brick. It actually looks pretty good
 because you can't walk next to it because of the

Bought these two eggs Monday at the same "Going Out of Business" sale. I think I will call them Wyatt & Owen after
my niece's two little boys.

Wyatt & Owen are sitting in a nest that I have saved for 36 years! A bird made it in the tree outside the Nursery window when I was pregnant with  Charles in Pittsburgh.

I found this gold in my grandmother's things.

Gold egg in the fruit basket.

Hope made the yellow duck in Anchorage. The other characters came from our very first Easter
at Church of the Ascension in 1976.  The womens group made them.

This is the Basinger Family of Bunnies.
I found the shell somewhere on the Alaskan Coast and then found
a preacher  bunny. I am wearing a bow and serving dinner. Hope is in her pajamas with a blankie next to Peter in denim. Charles is doing his own thing next to a big egg.

This is Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny made from wool gloves and dressed
for an Alaskan Easter

                                   Happy Easter!

Hiking the Red Rock Wilderness Trail

On Wednesday Mar. 26th we hiked along the Potomac River again. And once again, it snowed all day Monday  -  so Red Grippers were invaluable. I shared one with Jami as you can see in the photo.

The trail is marked with colored dots on the trees, but there was a lot of snow dots on the trees as well. I was happy to have someone else's footprints in the snow to follow.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

And a Spring Snowstorm


It snowed all day today, a fine wet snow.
I sat at Krista's dining room table and showed her 
how to  put her photos on Picasa. She taught me how to talk to Siri.

Friday, March 21, 2014

First Day of Spring in VIRGINIA

Hiking in Sky Meadow Park

Mount Bleak House, built in 1843, built by Abner Settle

The expansive tract of agricultural land known as Sky Meadows State Park 
straddles Route 17 south of its junction with Route 50.  The park comprises 
four 18th- and 19th-century plantations associated with the Edmonds, Settle, Morgan and Timberlake families.  The farmsteads of each of these families still exist within the park, but the primary site is that of Abner Settle, who built Mount Bleak, a stone, Federal-style mansion circa 1843.  The former Settle farm includes a timber-frame kitchen moved to its location in the 1940s, an ice house, an 1843 log summer kitchen and a barn complex.  

In 1975, Paul Mellon of Upperville purchased and later donated this 1,132-acre tract to the state for development as a state park, sparing the land from real estate development. Another 248 acres were acquired in 1987, thus providing access to the Appalachian Trail. In 1991, Mr. Mellon donated another 248 acres, designated the Lost Mountain Bridle Trail Area.

Hope celebrates the first day of Spring
in Alaska
A Cardinal outside my bedroom window

And a stink bug hangs on the paper towel

Welcome Spring in Virginia!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


After the 9:30 Service on Sunday we all go to

the Belgian restaurant Et Viola,  on MacArthur Blvd. and then to hear the St. John Passion at National Presbyterian Church.
The ending is profoundly moving.
39 Chorus

Rest well, sacred bones,
for which I no longer weep—
rest well,
and bring me also to my rest.
The grave that is yours,
that holds no further suffering,
for me opens heaven
and closes hell.
40 Chorale

O Lord, send your dear little angels
in my last hour to bear my soul away
to Abraham’s bosom.
Let my body rest in its snug bedchamber,
without any sorrow or pain,
until the Judgment Day!
Then wake me from death,
that my eyes may see you
in great joy, O Son of God,
my Savior and Throne of Grace!
Lord Jesus Christ, grant me this—
I want to praise you evermore!

On the way home the snow begins.

Midwest, Mid-Atlantic brace for a white St. Patrick's Day

Late dinner at the Cottage

Re: you all around tonight?
On Mar 18, 2014, at 3:51 PM, Charles Basinger <> wrote:

I think I have time to come over for a later dinner

Charles A. Basinger

So Jim runs to Food Lion for Steaks. I get up from my afternoon nap and remember I cooked all day yesterday and have all kinds of things to heat up to go with the steaks.

About 9 pm Jim gets the charcoal in the new Weber and starts the fire.

Charles arrives and we have dinner . . . He fixes my Boze speaker and sets up his new iPad. I give him the rug I sewed a sleeve on so he can hang it on his wall. He tells us that advertising Church of Our Saviour with the come on of '1928 Prayer Book and 1940's Hymnal' is not going to attract his age group. 
Jim starts falling asleep . . .  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another Saturday along the Potomac

A gentle beauty

Old ice house 
I can't get enough of fieldstone.

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook

19th Century granary

Friday, March 14, 2014

Appalachian Trail North

Nice Thursday hike on the Appalachian Trail.

Krista is trying out an extra layer (plaid) on top of her hiking clothes

The Appalachian Trail at Keys Gap is on the dividing line between Virginia and West Virginia.

Looking towards Loudoun County, Virginia

Looking towards Charles Town, West Virginia

Lunch at a wonderful bakery in Charles Town

The wind was strong enought on Wednesday night and Thursday to rip the Yellow divIding line off of
the highway. The temperature dropped from 70 degrees to 20 degrees! But there was little wind on our trail.